Kind of an amazing record from Prefab Sprout – well, Paddy McAloon, really – since the rest of the group's long gone by now – although as he says in the notes, the album's definitely put together with all their spirit in mind! The set's not necessarily new – and is more the reviva
l of a project that was begun as the follow-up to the group's Jordan album from the early 90s – delivered here by a solo Paddy, but with a sound that's prime Prefab all the way through! The instrumentation, especially the rhythms, definitely have that late Sprout sort of sound – and the lyrics follow nicely in the post-Steve McQueen era of the group – a bit less bitter and biting than the start, but still head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries. And, if anything, there's a surprising amount of optimism in the set – as you might guess from the title – but Paddy has a way of making it all come off with just the right sort of charm to offset any sort of hoke. Titles include "Last Of The Great Romantics", "Music Is A Princess", "God Watch Over You", "I Love Music", "Sweet Gospel Music", "Falling In Love", "Meet The New Mozart", and "Let There Be Music".